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Maine State Police reorganization plan getting underway

June 11, 2022 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine State Police restructuring plan includes the addition of behavioral specialists to assist troopers and the creation of an overnight shift to ensure swifter response times, officials said.

The announcement on Friday also said troop units will be reorganized but didn’t provide details on what those changes might entail.

Staffing changes are expected to start this summer and continue over the next year, said Col. John Cote, state police chief.

The reorganization will create a midnight shift that’ll reduce response times during overnight hours while contributing to health and wellness of troopers by reducing overnight on-call duties, he said.

“This change is simply the first evolution that will allow the agency to be much more agile in making on-going adjustments based on the changing demands of the public safety environment,” Cote said.

The reorganization was made possible through additional staffing included in the governor’s supplemental budget.

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The budget included money for three additional detectives, a trooper for the training unit and a body camera program.

Also included was money for five behavioral specialists to better connect people with services for mental health, substance use disorder, elder abuse, homelessness and domestic violence.